Confessions of a Nazi Spy Reviews

  • Jan 19, 2021

    Anatole Litvak's Confessions of a Nazi Spy is a very good movie and an outstanding work of propaganda. It is much more direct and straightforward, and less artistic, than some other famous propaganda films such as Foreign Correspondent, Casablanca and Saboteur. However, those came later than Litvak's and they owe a lot to him and to Warner Brothers for this early and bold attempt to warn America about the Nazi threat. Litvak was highly, personally motivated to make this film, and he knew a lot about the threat, because by 1939 he had already fled Russia because of the Bolsheviks, and Germany and France because of the Nazis.

    Anatole Litvak's Confessions of a Nazi Spy is a very good movie and an outstanding work of propaganda. It is much more direct and straightforward, and less artistic, than some other famous propaganda films such as Foreign Correspondent, Casablanca and Saboteur. However, those came later than Litvak's and they owe a lot to him and to Warner Brothers for this early and bold attempt to warn America about the Nazi threat. Litvak was highly, personally motivated to make this film, and he knew a lot about the threat, because by 1939 he had already fled Russia because of the Bolsheviks, and Germany and France because of the Nazis.

  • Sep 05, 2019

    Good old school anti Nazi filck

    Good old school anti Nazi filck

  • Aug 29, 2019

    A wonderful snapshot of cinematic & world history combined. Made BEFORE the US entered WW2 it shows American propaganda at its best. The valid fears of Americans (if somewhat sensationalized) that even translates to TODAYS politics. Robinsin is his usual tough good guy smart self. Paul Lucas is actually believable as the German-American nazi super fanatic. Add a little George Sanders, Henry O'Neill, Sig Ruman & Francis Lederer & it's well worth watching every minute.

    A wonderful snapshot of cinematic & world history combined. Made BEFORE the US entered WW2 it shows American propaganda at its best. The valid fears of Americans (if somewhat sensationalized) that even translates to TODAYS politics. Robinsin is his usual tough good guy smart self. Paul Lucas is actually believable as the German-American nazi super fanatic. Add a little George Sanders, Henry O'Neill, Sig Ruman & Francis Lederer & it's well worth watching every minute.

  • Nov 12, 2017

    It sure is okay if the US puts out propaganda movies ... cough

    It sure is okay if the US puts out propaganda movies ... cough

  • Dec 04, 2015

    I saw this recently on TCM. The beginning was a bit tendentious but when EGR came in about 1/2 way, things looked up. Overall, very entertaining and, perhaps. a warning to the West about Islam propaganda and its sleeper (and active) cells we face today. 2020 update: same as the above!

    I saw this recently on TCM. The beginning was a bit tendentious but when EGR came in about 1/2 way, things looked up. Overall, very entertaining and, perhaps. a warning to the West about Islam propaganda and its sleeper (and active) cells we face today. 2020 update: same as the above!

  • jay n Super Reviewer
    May 16, 2015

    Well made but blatant propaganda. The two biggest stars in the cast, Edward G. Robinson and George Sanders have relatively small roles.

    Well made but blatant propaganda. The two biggest stars in the cast, Edward G. Robinson and George Sanders have relatively small roles.

  • Feb 05, 2015

    An ordinary film by today's standards. However, in 1939 the German film market was so important to the Hollywood studios, not one criticized Nazis. Warner Bros. took on this taboo subject with an Edward G Robinson vehicle. A fictional exposé about German spies infiltrating America prior to the US entering World War II in 1942.

    An ordinary film by today's standards. However, in 1939 the German film market was so important to the Hollywood studios, not one criticized Nazis. Warner Bros. took on this taboo subject with an Edward G Robinson vehicle. A fictional exposé about German spies infiltrating America prior to the US entering World War II in 1942.

  • Jan 11, 2015

    Wow! What an epic! Sure it's propaganda, but for a very worthy cause...stopping the spread of Nazism! I was really surprised to see this came out in 1939, a couple years before America had declared war on Germany.

    Wow! What an epic! Sure it's propaganda, but for a very worthy cause...stopping the spread of Nazism! I was really surprised to see this came out in 1939, a couple years before America had declared war on Germany.

  • Oct 08, 2013

    As I have come to know, this film is historically important simply for the fact that it was the first Hollywood film to attack the Nazis. In 1939 the U.S. was not at war and many of the studios were not keen about such controversial fare. However, Warner Bros. had the guts to do it and they used a real story as basis for the drama. Edward G Robinson is solid as usual and he is supported by a cast of mostly unknowns (aside from George Sanders). As a film it is not that amazing and for some reason at times if felt awkward to watch. That does not detract from its importance in history however.

    As I have come to know, this film is historically important simply for the fact that it was the first Hollywood film to attack the Nazis. In 1939 the U.S. was not at war and many of the studios were not keen about such controversial fare. However, Warner Bros. had the guts to do it and they used a real story as basis for the drama. Edward G Robinson is solid as usual and he is supported by a cast of mostly unknowns (aside from George Sanders). As a film it is not that amazing and for some reason at times if felt awkward to watch. That does not detract from its importance in history however.

  • Apr 14, 2013

    Good story telling and a moral that is not overplayed--Taken from the files of the FBI!!

    Good story telling and a moral that is not overplayed--Taken from the files of the FBI!!